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Cillian Sheridan Has Provided Us With The Irish Football Stat Of The Day

Cillian Sheridan Has Provided Us With The Irish Football Stat Of The Day
By Ben Kiely Updated

Cillian Sheridan will be the only Irishman in the Champions League group stages this season after his APOEL Nicosia side trounced Danish outfit Aab 5-1 over two legs. Just look how happy he is about it.

While the Cavan man was presumably speaking in jest, Opta have dug up a very interesting statistic which shows just how much of a rarity this is.

Only four Irish players have togged out for a non-UK team since the inception of the UEFA Champions League in 1992.

Everton's Aidan McGeady did so with Russian side Spartak Moscow, while former Irish international striker David Connolly played in the tournament with Feyenoord of the Netherlands. Phil Babb and Alan Mahon joined Sporting Lisbon for free back in 2000 where they both made Champions League appearances. Mahon only played the first half in a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Real Madrid, but it still counts.

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